With the No. 59 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs selected Jaron Blossomgame.
The San Antonio Spurs had one of the last picks of the 2017 NBA Draft, picking No. 59 in Round 2. This wasn’t the franchise’s first pick of the night, however.
At No. 29 overall, the Spurs selected point guard Derrick White from Colorado. He’s a 6-foot-4 guard that played one season of Division-I basketball, before entering the 2017 NBA Draft.
So, 30 picks later, San Antonio entered in their second selection of the evening. At No. 59, they took Jaron Blossomgame, a small forward from Clemson.
Blossomgame stands at 6-foot-7, 220 pounds, and is a four-year player. He developed into an efficient shooter, averaging between 48 and 51 percent in his final three seasons. The Georga native’s three-point shot was there in 2016 at 44 percent, but fell off to 25 percent in 2017.
Blossomgame averaged 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in his college career. He also received consistent playing time to put these numbers up, with 30.7 minutes per game.
Athleticism is a strong suit for Blossomgame’s game. It plays into his defensive ability, which is potentially what got him drafted. He works hard as an energetic player that Gregg Popovich could love, if he makes the team.
The offensive side of the ball is a flaw for Blossomgame, however. The low three-point average is a concern, and NBADraft.net also went into his shot-form:
Mechanics on his jumpshot are not fluid and lack consistency … His shot lacks great arch, the release point is too low and he doesn’t get enough elevation
Will this pick make it on the Spurs roster? That remains to be seen. Blossomgame should, at least, get a spot on the Vegas Summer League roster in July. It will be an opportunity to make an impression on the coaching staff and make it on a non-guaranteed deal, whether that’s at the end of the NBA bench or the G-League.